Scripture of the Week: Philippians 4:8

How did you spend Valentine’s Day? For many, it is an opportunity to celebrate their relationships and to connect with that one person they care for most. There are as many ways to rejoice in love as there are stars in the sky.

How many of you know a love that is patient, kind, that does not envy or boast, that isn’t proud or self-seeking, brings honor, isn’t easily angered, doesn’t keep a record of wrongs AND never fails? This definition of love comes from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and it is the kind of love we can rest in while knowing our full worth.

God loves you so much that he sent His only Son, Jesus, to Earth to live a blameless life. When the time came, He gave His life in exchange for yours.Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Jesus is your Savior and friend. He gave everything to share God’s love with you.

As Christians, we are called to share this love with others. At Mount Pisgah, we often say Love God, Love People. One group of Mount Pisgah’s men have faithfully demonstrated this through their work as missionaries in Costa Rica.

It has taken two years and multiple mission trips to rebuild a pastor’s home in La Carpio. La Carpio may be one of the worst ghettos in Costa Rica and is one of the poorest areas in the country. Our mission teams have rebuilt a home for a pastor along with a building to serve as the home for La Carpio United Methodist Church. The teams’ work was not easy, but they used their resources to share God’s generosity with others.

God’s love has no boundaries and knows no borders. I encourage you to consider how you can be a part of the #MPServe movement through Local Outreach and Global Missions opportunities.

Valentine’s Day flowers fade, paper cards are forgotten, but the love of God always remains. True love never fails. You can be the one person who makes a difference in the lives of others.

Over the next two weeks, we are going to be thinking about Philippians 4:8. There will be a special gift available for you on Sunday to help you on your faith journey.

Know you are loved and a part of God’s family.

Be blessed,

Pastor Steve